Utah Jazz (50-35) at Oklahoma City Thunder (49-36)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 25, 2018, 9:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -3 -- Over/Under: 208
The Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Wednesday in game five of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Utah Jazz can advance to the conference semifinals for the second straight season with a victory here. The Utah Jazz are averaging 108.3 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 109.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 27.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while Ricky Rubio is averaging 18.5 points and eight assists. Rudy Gobert is the third double-digit scorer and Joe Ingles is dishing 2.8 assists. The Utah Jazz are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Utah Jazz are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.8 rebounds per game. The Utah Jazz have lost three road games since January 24.
The Oklahoma City Thunder need a victory here to save their season and force a game six on Friday. The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 102.3 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 109.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 21.3 points and 8.3 assists while Paul George is averaging 27.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony is the third double-digit scorer and Steven Adams is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.8 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma City Thunder have won seven of their last 11 home games.
The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games, 13-6 ATS in their last 19 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Thunder are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 Wednesday games, 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Jazz are 4-11-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Oklahoma City, the home team is 21-9 ATS in the last 30 meetings and the under is 14-6 in the last 20 meetings.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are the most frustrating team in the league, as they have enough talent to be a dark horse contender in the West but continue to crap the bed and play careless more times than not. The bench is trash, Carmelo is often hitting the side of the backboard and Westbrook only knows how to play at 120 mph, which is often a downfall. The Utah Jazz have easily been the better team in this series and getting points with them is hard to pass up. However, I simply haven't learned my lesson, and I'm going to back OKC at home. The Thunder have enough to put together 48 minutes at home to extend this series, and you have to think this veteran group also has some pride. This would be highly disappointing to get gentlemen swept at home. I wouldn't be shocked if this pick backfired on me yet again, but I'm going to ride the Thunder one last time.